Last year my friend Ainslee bought me the gift of writing through a book of 300 prompts. I would write in it from time to time but not consistently.
Maybe it was the start of the new year, but I decided to make a conscious effort to randomly pick one prompt each day to complete. I do it first thing in the morning, because it wakes up my brain even better than coffee (hard to believe, right?).
Well, yesterday's prompt took me all day to do (partially because I was sick): List 25 things you will never do.
On the surface it looks easy. That's what I thought. I figured I would get it done in no time, and yet I didn't. I'm sure I could add more to the list, but here's what popped into my head. Remember, these are things I would NEVER do.
1. Go to the Middle East.
2. Run an ultra-marathon.
3. Eat meat again.
4. Give up on my goal of full-time writing.
5. Smother our kids.
6. Give up dark chocolate.
7. Bungee jump.
8. Sing professionally.
9. Walk like an Egyptian. (Humor is good, right?)
10. Take credit for someone else's work.
11. Intentionally make someone feel bad about themselves.
12. Mistreat an animal.
13. Give up coffee.
14. Be a stripper (for many obvious reasons).
15. Become addicted to alcohol or drugs.
16. Be overweight.
17. Own a "mom van."
18. Like mushrooms.
19. Enjoy summer more than winter.
20. Pierce my tongue.
21. Rob a bank.
22. Be in a rock band.
23. Stop writing.
24. Give up dark chocolate (yes, I wrote it twice without realizing it).
25. Be pessimistic.
Some of these popped into my head quite easily and others were pretty random. I'm sure if I did this promopt again in six months there would probably be some different items on it (like, maybe I wouldn't mention dark chocolate more than once).
It's an interesting writing exercise though, because you get a better idea of who you are and what stands out in your life (like dark chocolate and writing, evidently).
Anyway, give it a shot and see what comes to mind for you.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.